The aims of the Association at that time were:
- To promote discussion of issues related to the organisation and management of volunteers
- To promote training and provide a network of support and guidance for Hospice Voluntary Service Co-ordinators
- To provide a national conference
- To promote liaison with other professional organisations at regional and national level
- To offer guidance on the appointment of Voluntary Service Co-ordinators and to promote good practice in their management.
in numbers so it also had to meet the challenges of the developments in
palliative care and changes in the world of volunteering. The need for
members to play a more active role in the business of the Association
became increasingly clear.
representatives from the regions were invited, was held early in 1998 in
Manchester. A new structure for the Association was discussed and
proposed. At the AGM in September 1998 this was formally adopted.
members for discussion. Final wording for the Mission Statement and Aims
and Objectives was agreed. The Executive Committee undertook to
research possibilities for a new name.
implications for the future working of the Association and its
Constitution, and to consider suggestions for a new name. While the work
on the Constitution continued, a referendum was held among members on a
new name for the Association. The majority voted for ‘InVOLve: Managing
Volunteering in Palliative Care.’ This new name together with the new
Constitution was adopted at the AGM of October 2000. A new logo was also
discussed at the time.
It was agreed at the AGM to change the name to ‘Association of Voluntary Services Managers’, as InVOLve had become confused with other organisations.
Instead of formal training, AVSM began to offer bursaries to regions, so that they could set up their own training. In addition, AVSM set up its own website, accessed through the Help the Hospices NPA page.
AVSM moved to be constituted within Help the Hospices, which offered considerable financial and practical advantages to the group.
In 2013, Help the Hospices underwent an internal reorganisation, as a result of which they were no longer able to offer support to NPAs. At an Extraordinary General Meeting in 2013, AVSM became once again independent of Help the Hospices.
We provided a bursary for two of our members to attend the European Association of Palliative Care Symposium in Austria in 2015 and worked with the EAPC Task Force to identify ways in which we can be a voice for British hospice volunteering. We held a successful conference in Liverpool. We began a review of our website to ensure that it offers better opportunities to network and share learning online.
Our new website went live. Membership reached record levels, at over 160 people. We held our best attended conference ever, this time in Edinburgh. Local meetings continued to thrive and several training grants were awarded in order to up-skill Voluntary Services Managers across the regions.
We launched our new membership subscription service enabling members to join us and renew their membership with ease and enabling the Exec team to spend more time developing our membership offer.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic many of our members began working remotely and regional meetings were unable to happen in person. We invested in video conferencing so that Regional meetings could happen remotely. We also held our first ever series of online virtual whole-network meetings to support members managing volunteers during the pandemic.
The Exec team are developing the new 3 year strategy to improve the benefits of membership further.